Quinta Brunson Gets Apology From Jimmy Kimmel

'Abbott Elementary' creator also got to pull her own 'prank' on late night host
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2022 1:09 AM CDT

Abbott Elementary creator-star Quinta Brunson took revenge on Jimmy Kimmel's Emmy prank with one of her own, then collected an apology from the late-night host whose bit was criticized as rude and worse, the AP reports. Kimmel, who had distracted attention from Brunson's Emmy acceptance speech by lying pretend-drunk on stage, was delivering his monologue Wednesday when a pretty-in-pink Brunson appeared. “I just I have a little favor to ask," she said. "So you know how when you win an Emmy you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech, which is like not that much time. And then ... you get less time because someone does a dumb comedy bit that goes on a bit too long?” “I have heard of that happening in previous years,” Kimmel replied.

“Well, I was wondering, or no, more demanding if I could I have a couple of extra minutes to thank, you know, a couple of extra people,” Brunson said. Kimmel stepped back to cede the spotlight to his guest, who received loud applause from the studio audience when she thanked “all of the fans of the show," then joined the host for a chat. He started out with a one-liner—“Congratulations on your Emmy. I missed it, how did it go?”—then turned apologetic, beginning with an awkwardly qualified mea culpa start. “That was a dumb comedy bit that we thought it would be funny,” he said. “Then people got upset, they said I stole your moment. And maybe I did. I’m very sorry if I did do that. I did do that, actually. ... The last thing I would ever want to do is upset you, because I think so much of you. I think you know that. I hope you know that.”

“It's very kind of you to say that,” Brunson replied, graciously, avoiding direct criticism of Kimmel. She said she was “wrapped up in the moment" after winning her first Emmy and with Arnett and Kimmel on stage with her. “Honestly I had a great night. It was a good night and a good time,” she said. Kimmel, who called it all Arnett's fault, lauded Brunson's series and noted that he's never won an Emmy despite repeated trips to the awards. “And I went one time and won,” she said, delivering the dig with a smile. Kimmel offered one last apology, adding, “I was dumb, and I've got news: It's gonna happen again.”

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